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by neiliog93
October 17th, 2020, 5:49 pm
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: Ireland V Italy 24th October
Replies: 7
Views: 725

Re: Ireland V Italy 24th October

If RoI go to level 5 what happens to this game do they move to another jurisdiction in order to safeguard the IRFU’s ailing finances ? IRFU and other sporting organisations seeking exemptions under level 5 for elite level games. Considering schools stay open under level 5 there is no feasible justi...
by neiliog93
October 15th, 2020, 5:55 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Jonathan Sexton - Leinster Legend & Captain
Replies: 86
Views: 8040

Re: Jonathan Sexton - Leinster Legend & Captain

It's already sewn up by McCaw or Carter, like the former's farcical World Player of the Year award in 2009.
by neiliog93
October 11th, 2020, 12:21 am
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Benetton v. Leinster, Sat 10 Oct, 1715hrs
Replies: 91
Views: 5221

Re: Benetton v. Leinster, Sat 10 Oct, 1715hrs

I found that we were trying to offload more than usual. I wonder is this our way of compensating for the fact that our regular phase building style will be tougher under the stricter ruck interpretation in place now? Very good result to pick a bp whilst trying to evolve our style. Sent from my SM-G...
by neiliog93
October 10th, 2020, 6:37 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Benetton v. Leinster, Sat 10 Oct, 1715hrs
Replies: 91
Views: 5221

Re: Benetton v. Leinster, Sat 10 Oct, 1715hrs

Mitrea was determined not to give the scrum try. Home TMOs in the league are often quite biased, especially the Welsh ones (unlikely home refs, who usually actually aren't biased).
by neiliog93
October 8th, 2020, 6:01 pm
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: 8 Nations 2020
Replies: 84
Views: 4647

Re: 8 Nations 2020

Yes, Quinn Roux definitely deserves the call-up. Might end up being the international level tight-head second-row Schmidt was looking for in Jean Kleyn. It's an interesting squad, Ed Byrne beat Denis Buckley in the battle of the little chunksters, and great to see Keenan and Shane Daly make it. I th...
by neiliog93
October 7th, 2020, 11:26 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: 2nd Row going forward
Replies: 90
Views: 6289

Re: 2nd Row going forward

If Henderson gets back to his best and Baird (and Ryan) keep improving, we will have a world class lock matchday trio for the years ahead and at the next world cup.
by neiliog93
October 4th, 2020, 8:45 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Leinster V NG Dragons RDS Fri 2nd Oct 20:15
Replies: 167
Views: 8340

Re: Leinster V NG Dragons RDS Fri 2nd Oct 20:15

Yeah, but Itoje is absurdly athletic and powerful, so hits like most second-rows would at 125kg, and moves like someone who's 100kg. For a non-total freak athlete, a bruiser tighthead lock needs to be at least 117-120kg or even more.
by neiliog93
October 4th, 2020, 6:19 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Leinster V NG Dragons RDS Fri 2nd Oct 20:15
Replies: 167
Views: 8340

Re: Leinster V NG Dragons RDS Fri 2nd Oct 20:15

Ryan looks to have filled out this year and is man-handling fellow second rows with ease. I think it won’t be long before he is the same Size as George Kruis or AWJ. One of the few bright moments in the Sarries game was Ryan running over Maro Itoje. Although, I don't think we have any second-rows i...
by neiliog93
October 4th, 2020, 5:55 pm
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: RWC 2023 Pool Draw
Replies: 21
Views: 4284

Re: RWC 2023 Pool Draw

I don't think it makes any difference. There's an argument that we might be better off getting battle-hardened in the pool stages (even if there's a few injuries) with an inevitable tough quarter-final in mind.
by neiliog93
October 4th, 2020, 3:41 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Leinster and scrumhalf development
Replies: 129
Views: 8423

Re: Leinster and scrumhalf development

Good article. In my relatively recent experience of playing underage rugby at a reasonably high level in Ireland, there was a tendency to shift small, not very athletic people into scrum-half, simply because they couldn't really play anywhere else. Now, some of these guys obviously had other skills ...
by neiliog93
September 28th, 2020, 4:05 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Pro 14 2020-2021 season
Replies: 118
Views: 5601

Re: Pro 14 2020-2021 season

I remember hearing the head of SARU speaking very candidly last year. He said that everyone in SA was surprised by the strength of the better teams in the Pro 14, and that they had expected the South African sides to dominate. There is a lot of arrogance in South African and New Zealand rugby about ...
by neiliog93
September 28th, 2020, 4:02 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Leinster V NG Dragons RDS Fri 2nd Oct 20:15
Replies: 167
Views: 8340

Re: Leinster V NG Dragons RDS Fri 2nd Oct 20:15

Wouldn't it be handy to have two promising young tightheads just at academy-leaving stage
by neiliog93
September 28th, 2020, 3:47 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Pro 14 2020-2021 season
Replies: 118
Views: 5601

Re: Pro 14 2020-2021 season

Does anyone understand what the change in direction for the SA teams is all about. Why (if they are) are they breaking their links with Super Rugby for example. Is it just money or are there other issues. Will they be allowed to qualify for the HCC. Presumably yes and would that be more lucrative. ...
by neiliog93
September 26th, 2020, 12:22 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Leinster v Salarysins
Replies: 1614
Views: 92914

Re: Leinster v Salarysins

In a neutral venue, I think we'd win 3 in 10, they'd win 7 in 10. They have too much power (and accuracy with that power) for us at the moment.
by neiliog93
September 26th, 2020, 11:46 am
Forum: General Rugby
Topic: Ulster Rugby - 2020-21 Season
Replies: 26
Views: 1531

Re: Ulster Rugby - 2020-21 Season

I'd bring Aaron Sexton, Baloucoune and maybe even James Hume to the Pacific Islands in June/July 2021 if the summer tours go ahead. Some excellent potential there.
by neiliog93
September 25th, 2020, 11:07 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Leinster v Salarysins
Replies: 1614
Views: 92914

Re: Leinster v Salarysins

One of the main reasons they are better than us is because they're bigger and more powerful (AND accurate). If we are to beat them in two years' time, assuming they are still strong, we'll probably need two more world class bruisers in the pack (either by our own players developing into that, or for...
by neiliog93
September 23rd, 2020, 7:02 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Replacing Leinster's older generation over next 12 to 24 months
Replies: 61
Views: 2946

Re: Replacing Leinster's older generation over next 12 to 24 months

I remember reading that when he left it was made clear to him that he would be welcome back to Leinster rugby...
by neiliog93
September 22nd, 2020, 10:41 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: Rob and Ferg
Replies: 19
Views: 1044

Re: Rob and Ferg

Two of the 'winningest' players we've ever had.
by neiliog93
September 22nd, 2020, 3:41 pm
Forum: International Rugby
Topic: Bernard Laporte and France
Replies: 4
Views: 300

Re: Bernard Laporte and France

Aside from possibly Italy, French sport is the most corrupt in Western Europe. The way Sarkozy and Platini cozied up to Qatar for the 2022 world cup rights (and the purchase of PSG) is absolutely disgusting. In the Laporte case, don't forget that some small countries like Georgia voted for France la...
by neiliog93
September 22nd, 2020, 2:22 pm
Forum: Leinster Addicts
Topic: A whiff of Cordite
Replies: 4603
Views: 335249

Re: A whiff of Cordite

The four competent South African teams joining might actually help. Although, with the logistics, maybe not. Could become a bit of an alphabet soup of a league with complex conferences and ultimately destroy itself, a la Super Rugby.